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The pros and cons of wearables in the workplace

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According to research, one in six consumers currently owns and uses wearable technology. It’s why the sight of people paying for goods with their smartwatches and tracking calorie burns on the treadmill with flicks of the wrist are becoming every-day sights. Wearable technology hasn’t enjoyed the healthiest of upbringings, either, which makes their growing prevalence in society even more surprising. Remember Google Glass? The search giant’s take on facial wearable technology was announced in 2012, but despite the inevitable fan fare it received, Glass was subjected to a great deal of criticism and ultimately Google announced that it would stop…

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How the workplace is adapting to the digital economy

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The term ‘hyperconnectivity’ has become rather overused of late, but its premise is vital if we’re to better understand the mechanics of the world in which we now find ourselves. ‘Mechanics’ might sound a little cold – un-human, even – but, in literal terms, we do live in a particularly mechanised society. However, far from being the future Terminator 2 predicted, the digital era is instead driven by multiple forms of communication, all of which rely on wide expanses of connectivity to be effective. This is what hyperconnectivity is all about. It’s a rich world of multiple communication channels that…

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Classic examples of technology hindering productivity

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‘Ding!’ – another email! That inevitably means yet more time lost to reading, replying, forwarding and then doing the same again as the inbox continually fills up. But, we do it, don’t we? Every single time that message klaxon sounds. Technology is, undoubtedly, an incredibly exciting part of modern day life. We’ve become so accustomed to devices and apps that help us do everything from remembering where we parked the car to finding a suitably-located restaurant for the night that their benefit is easily overlooked. Unfortunately, this reliance on the digital realm brings with it one or two problems, too….

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Brilliant gamification ideas to put the fun back into learning

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The global video game industry is expected to hit a market value of over $118 billion by the year 2019. That’s simply staggering for a hobby that was once confined to clunky arcade machines and tape-based home entertainment systems that would make you wait twenty minutes before indulging in any kind of gaming. Now, video games are an intrinsic part of every day life. They still play a big role in the living room, but are increasingly the method of relaxation we choose when we need to grab a quick five minute break on our smartphones. They’re alluring, immediately obtainable…

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18 ways technology can make employee development as exciting as it should be

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We’ve all been there – sat in a dull, grey-walled room that features uncomfortable metal chairs and a complete absence of character as the tutor moves onto slide seventy-six of their presentation. Time itself stands still and you feel like a kid again, waiting for the clock on the wall to strike the hour that signals ‘home time’. Traditional training sessions, while still entirely relevant in certain situations, are gradually giving way to new forms of employee development. Learning can now be conducted anywhere, at any time and with pretty much any device you have to hand. Mobile learning, social…

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